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Sony PlayStation Move Racing Wheel

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Dec 27, 2012 in PS3, Tech

Playstation Move Racing Wheel

As I’m currently taking part in my own personal ‘No Shiny’ 2013 Challenge , I’ve not bought anything for a couple of months. If anybody regualarly reads my blog, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for shiny things, so this challenge is hurting as much as, if not more than the Year of Shame Gaming Challenge

So Christmas was around the corner, and C asked what I wanted from Santa, so I reeled a few thing of the list of gadgets that had peaked my interest over the past couple of months, and the Racing Wheel was one of them. I already have a full Steering Wheel and Racing Chair, however it spends the majority of it’s time in the loft as it takes up quite a lot of space.

It’s hopefully quite obvious that I already own the Playstation Move, and  now this, which puts me into some strange minority group. Unfortunately the Move didn’t take off as big or as fast as I assume Sony has hoped, and it just became a gimmick, and for me, just another gaming accessory that sits on that ‘special shelf’ gathering dust.

I think in late October I watch a video from the developer explaining how the Racing Wheel would put some life back into the controller, and you know what, he’s right.

The design is quite simple, plonk your Playstation Move controller into the middle, and push it onto the USB slot at the bottom and voila, you’ve got an enlarged DualShock controller. Once the Playstation Move controller is seated, the D-pad, and buttons work just like you have a DualShock in your hands, so you can navigate the menus, and play realistically any game, without having to change any settings.

On the back of each of the handles, there are the two triggers and two buttons, mapped to the L1, R1, L2, and R2, and just off the inner circle, there are two flappy paddles mapped to L1 and R1, which works really well for driving games.

If bike games are more you’re thing, a simple click, and you move the two handles into more of a handle bar formation, and the right handle twists like a bike throttle which is mapped to R2.

From what I understand, it maps the Playstation Move axis to the left and right thumb pads, but giving you a lot better sensitivity, and I have to say, it works really well. I’ve so far tried it with Burnout Paradise, GRID and Gran Turismo 5, and all worked really well. I found I was able to shave a good five seconds off some of my quickest times just by having more precision on the corners.

As well as being used for driving games, this is also aimed at flight games, unfortunately I don’t have any kicking around to test, but assume with the increase in precision would work really well.

If you do play a lot of racing games on the Playstation 3, and one of the few that bought a Playstation Move controller, then I can highly recommend this, it’s lightweight, the buttons are all in the right place (for my hands) and just works. You can pick this up for around the £30 mark, so it’s a no brainer.

It’s probably worth noting that you don’t need the Playstation Eye to use this, as it’s just tracking the accelerometers.

Below are the unboxing pics and the Playstation Tech Demo which originally peaked my interest.

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Haynes Internal Combustion Engine

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Jan 1, 2011 in Tech

First of all, I’d like to say a massive thank you to our good friend Antirealism for buying me and C such an interest Christmas present.

Secondly, I’m not sure what you all did for New Years eve, however thanks to Andy, me and C were kept occupied by the Haynes Internal Combustion Engine.

As we hadn’t planned on going out, to stand in an packed pub, which we’d spend a fortune to get into, to only have to spend the majority of the night queueing at the bar….we decided to get some beer in, and build the engine 🙂

I had no idea these thing existed until the Christmas special of the Top Gear …however after watching it, they were firmly on my radar. You can imagine how grateful we were when Andy turned up on Boxing Day with our present 🙂

The tech spec on the description gives the below

  • The engine you will build is a simplified version of a real car engine. The model is designed to be fun to put together and to help you understand how a full-size four-stroke car engine works.
  • Includes a Haynes manual giving you clear step-by-step instructions to guide you through the build process.
  • Comes complete with all of the parts and tools you need to assemble the working model.
  • The on/off controller includes a sound chip which reproduces the noise of a real engine.
  • For ages 10 years and over.

The engine took us around 2 1/2 hours to build, which wasn’t bad as we were drinking at the same time.

Below are the unboxing and building photos, and a video of the engine running.

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PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Jul 20, 2009 in PS3

free-playstation3Around Christmas time I bought a Sony PS3, with a 40Gb hard drive, feeling this would be more that sufficient. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve found myself having to delete demo, audio and video file, just so I can install games.

Last weekend I bought Ghostbusters (blog coming soon), but was unable to play the game as it insisted on installing content to the hard drive before I could play, so time for an upgrade.

I browsed the web and found a pretty cheap “Western Digital 500GB 2.5″ Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 8MB Cache – OEM Scorpio Blue” hard drive, which turned up yesterday and last night I went about the upgrade, I have to say this had to be one of the easiest upgrades I’ve ever done.

Basically, there is a small plastic plate on the bottom, you remove this, your then met by a crosshead screw, remove this, pull up the small metal handle and the drive slides to the right…remove the drive. The drive is held in by 4 screws remove these, replace the drive, and reverse the above steps.

I then fired up the PS3, and was met by the prompt of “New Hard drive, would you like to format”, selected yes, and 30 seconds later I was met by my normal PS3 dashboard, checked the system setting, and I had 465Gb free ! Success !

I was happy that all the system settings were still intact, and all that was missing was any game data.

I then spent the rest of last night re-installing all my games, as everyone seemed to have an update it wanted to download, or had the option to install to hard drive (which I think is a brilliant idea, and glad they’ve finally copied the 360 way), and set downloading all my DLC (DownLoadable Content). With all games that could be installed, all the DLC downloaded, and all games updated I still have over 400Gb free !

I do however have a slight annoyance, I know I could have done a full system backup, and restore, but instead decided to just backup my save game and do a fresh install (far to many years working in the computer industry), however there were a number of games that wouldn’t allow me to copy my save games till memory stick. Street Fighter 4, KillZone 2, NFS Carbon wouldn’t allow me to back up the save games, Street Fighter I can understand as I person could unlock all characters, and then hand around the save game to every man and it’s dog. NFS Carbon, I wasn’t too bothered about this, as I was only 2 races into the game, but the one that really annoyed me was KillZone 2, as I was about halfway through this extremely hard game…..oh well rough with the smooth I guess.

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